Summer Updates from the Ridgefield Family Resource Center

 

Summer Hours

Just a reminder that the Ridgefield Family Resource Center is open during the following hours during the summer:

Mondays:  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesdays:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursdays:  1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment outside of the RFRC’s open hours, please contact Chris Poppert at 360-619-1412 or via email at christine.poppert@ridgefieldsd.org.

Help from the Food Pantry

We understand that having students at home in the summer puts a strain on the family food budget.   Did you know that we provide brown bag lunches on Wednesdays at 11:00 am?  Come visit our food pantry.  Grab a lunch and check out all the other resources we have to offer.

Back2School Bash Coming Up

Mark your calendar for the Back2School Bash:  Saturday, August 24th (9:00 am to noon) at the Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene.  This is a FREE event offering free school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, clothing for the family, snacks and a fun kid zone.  The Family Resource Center is currently accepting donations of school supplies as well.

 

Register Soon for 2019-20 School Bus Transportation

Thank you to all the families who have already registered their students for school bus transportation for the coming school year!

Students who plan to use school bus transportation in 2019-20 must register on the KWRL Transportation Portal.  This is required even for students who have been riding the bus in previous years.  Registration will:

  • validate home addresses;
  • allow parents to provide alternative pick-up or drop-off locations; and
  • ensure that students acknowledge and adhere to KWRL school bus rules

To register, please visit the KWRL Transportation Portal at https://portal.kwrl.org/parent/registration.  Parents can sign in using their Skyward username and password.  Parents who do not remember this information can try resetting the password with the “forgot password” link.  For further assistance, call the District Office at 360-619-1309.

Alternatively, parents can also log in using their Google or Facebook Account but only if the email address they log in with is already entered in the Skyward system.

To assist families having challenges with registering on the portal, the Ridgefield School District will be hosting a registration event on Monday, July 15, 4-7 pm at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC), 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.  District computers will be available, and office staff from KWRL and the District Office will be on hand to assist in completing registrations and answering questions.

Note:  Parents or guardians of incoming kindergarten students and students new to the district who have already enrolled with the district but do not yet have their Skyward credentials are encouraged to attend this event to get their student(s) registered for school bus transportation.

School bus registration does not guarantee transportation.  All registrations will be reviewed and are subject to district approval.

New bus routes will be released to the KWRL website at www.kwrl.org approximately two weeks prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year.  If you have any questions regarding the school bus registration process, please email the KWRL Transportation office at info@kwrl.org.

Angie Gaub Named Principal at Union Ridge Elementary School

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors approved the appointment of Angie Gaub as Principal of Union Ridge Elementary School during their regular board meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Gaub has been an educator at Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) for 19 years.  She comes to Ridgefield from McLoughlin Middle School where she served three years as Assistant Principal.  In addition to serving as PBIS Coach for a year at Jason Lee Middle School, Gaub has 15 years’ experience teaching Grades 1-6 at Harney, Roosevelt and Eisenhower elementary schools.

Angie Gaub

“I’m excited to join the Union Ridge family,” said Gaub.  “I am passionate about education and believe if we work collaboratively focusing on the right work, we will make a positive difference in the lives of our students.”

Gaub holds a BA and Masters degree in Education from Washington State University and earned her Educational Leadership credentials from City University.

“Angie’s rich background in instructional practices, combined with her many years of elementary teaching experience are tremendous assets that will serve Union Ridge and our community well,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.

Gaub and her husband, Jeremy, have three children and reside in Vancouver.  Their daughter, Miya, just graduated from Washington State University with a degree in teaching.  Their son, Mason, a full-time Running Start student, will be a senior at Hudson’s Bay High School, and their youngest son, Miles, will be a freshman at Columbia River High School in the International Baccalaureate program.

In their leisure time, Gaub and her family enjoy spending time with their goddaughter, Graci, and their silly pup, Luna.  “We often find new adventures and places to explore that we have never been,” said Gaub.  “Going to the movies, concerts and checking items off our bucket list are regular pastimes for our family.”

USDA Offers Free Meal Program for Children and Teens Throughout the Summer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service is committed to helping families nationwide keep their children fed while school is out for the summer.  Their Summer Food Program provides nutritious free meals for children and teens 18 and younger.

Summer meal sites are located at places such as schools, parks and community centers.  Not only do they assist communities with nutritious meals, they also provide educational activities, organized games and other supervised activities.

Click here to find sites near you:  https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

You can also call 1-866-348-6479 or text Summer Meals to 97779.

 

District Opens Second Sale of Personalized Engraved Brick Pavers

Starting this afternoon, July 3rd, Ridgefield School District will once again start accepting orders for personalized engraved brick pavers to commemorate the site of the original Ridgefield High School.  The pavers will be installed in the space at the top of the historic steps at the newly-renovated Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC) on Pioneer Street, adding to the pavers ordered in the first paver sale.

The sale is a fundraiser that is part of an ongoing project led by students in the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) to add landscaping and recreational space around the RACC for the benefit of the Ridgefield community.

Three different sizes of pavers are available for sale:  Standard 4” x 8”, Large 8” x 8” and Multi-Display 12” x 12”.

Click HERE for information regarding paver layout information and pricing.

Click HERE for an online order form.

To place an order online:

Download the order form and save it to your computer.

Open it and fill out the form on your computer, then save the completed form.

Email the completed form to communications@ridgefieldsd.org.

To pay with a credit card, go to:  https://ridge.revtrak.net and click on Events, then follow the prompts.

To drop off or send an order by mail:

Download the order form and save it to your computer.

Open it and fill out the form on your computer, then save the completed form and print it.

Submit the form with payment (cash, check or money order) to the District Office at the RACC to the following address.  Please make checks and money orders payable to Ridgefield School District.  If mailing, please do not send cash.

Ridgefield School District

Attention:  Lisa McGhee

510 Pioneer Street

Ridgefield, WA 98642

If you prefer to fill out a paper form, these order forms will be available at the RACC front desk during regular office hours M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm during the paver sale.

At the Ridgefield 4th of July Parade, a table will be set up at the RACC near the paver plaza, and paper forms and paver layout information will be available for you to take home and submit later with payment at your convenience.

Paver information and the order form can also be found on the district website at www.ridgefieldsd.org.  Click on Explore – Forms – Personalized Paver project.  Orders will be accepted through August 31st, and paver installations will take place in October.

Thank you for your support in commemorating the history of Ridgefield’s original high school!

Visit the Spudder Gear Pop-Up Shop at the Ridgefield 4th of July Parade

Get some great Spudder gear and merchandise at the Ridgefield 4th of July Parade!  Visit the Ridgefield High School’s Spudder Gear Pop-Up Shop at the corner of Pioneer and Main.  Open 9 am to 6 pm.

Registration for Ridgefield Schools Available During Summer Break

Even though school offices are now closed for the summer, parents can still enroll their children in the Ridgefield School District for the upcoming 2019-20 school year during summer break.

The District Office located at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC), 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield, will be enrolling new students for all schools throughout the summer.  Parents can stop in from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday (except holidays) to pick up a registration packet and drop off the completed registration forms for their students.

The registration packet is also available on the district website and can be printed and completed ahead of time before submitting to the District Office.

For the registration packet for Grades K-12, click here:

Registration Packet Grades K-12

For the registration packet for Grades K-12 in SPANISH, click here:

Registration Packet Grades K-12 SPANISH

If you have any questions or need more information regarding school registration in the summer, please call (360) 619-1344.

Summer Camps Offered by Ridgefield Community Education

Registration is now open for two summer camps offered by Ridgefield Community Education:

  • Multi-Day Sport Camps for kids in Grades K-7.  Offered are Soccer/Basketball, Tee Ball, Flag Football, Baseball and Flag Football.  Half-day and full-day camps are available.
  • SoulShine Earth Camp for kids in Grades K-6.  A week long opportunity that includes yoga and meditation, nature walks and various arts and crafts inspired by nature and cultures from around the globe.

Register today at https://ridge.revtrak.net

 

Sale of Fireworks Benefits RHS Class of 2020

Experience Ridgefield Set for Saturday, September 14th

 

Knowledge Bowl: An Athletic Event for the Mind

How quickly can you answer these questions?

  1. Find the next two items in the sequence that begins 1, 5, 13, 17, 25, 29.
  2. Spell the plural possessive form of the word men.
  3. Cloaca, intestine, stomach, mouth, and gizzard are all terms associated with which animal’s digestive system?

If you can answer within seconds—and ring in faster than your competitors—you might be a candidate for middle school Knowledge Bowl.  (The correct answers are 37 and 41, men’s, and bird.  And the View Ridge Middle School team got them all right.)

The Knowledge Bowl team at View Ridge Middle School had a winning year, earning a place at state Knowledge Bowl.  When they couldn’t attend the state competition, they continued to practice with coach David Jacobson—after school, on their own time.

Knowledge Bowl teams get ready to buzz in with the right answer.

Jacobson is an experienced competitor; his high school Knowledge Bowl team won their state competition and went to nationals.  “It’s cool getting to take some of the stuff I learned in high school and share it with these kids to give them that edge,” he said.  “Of course, they’re already so smart to begin with.”  Jacobson isn’t kidding; these kids have answers on an incredible range of topics.

Jacobson divided the students into three teams for practice.  They waited for the questions, hands hovering over buzzers, ready to ring in.  Jacobson usually didn’t get a complete question out before someone buzzed in with an answer.

“Identify the sea nymph who detained Odysseus. . .”  A team rang in with the correct answer (Calypso) before Jacobson finished the question.  “. . . on her island of Ogygia for seven years before releasing him.”

“Give the name of the U.S. President who uttered these words during his inauguration speech:  “The only thing we have to fear. . . “   Another team rang in with the correct answer, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  “For fake extra credit,” Jacobson said, “what year did he say that in?”  Instantly, they answered:  1933.  Jacobson, a history teacher, beamed with pride.

When the students were asked what their favorite part of Knowledge Bowl was, there were a lot of different answers.  “Winning every single match!”  “Singing Queen songs on the bus.”  And finally, snacks.  “Mr. Jacobson gave us snacks, brain food.  The first meet we won by just a little bit.  Then he gave us walnuts, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, blueberries, and green tea.  And we won every single meet after.”  There’s a training diet for Knowledge Bowl?  Pass the sunflower seeds.

The award for one of the many Knowledge Bowl team wins this season.

Coach David Jacobson and the View Ridge Middle School Knowledge Bowl team.

Artistry Night Showcases STEAM Projects

Artistry Night at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School showcased some of the amazing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) projects Ridgefield students have been working on throughout the year.  It is the inaugural year for the school campus, so it was the first time that some attendees had the chance to see the airy art studios and state-of-the-art STEM labs.

The walls of Alan Adams’ art classroom exploded in color; they were covered in original drawings and paintings all the way to the ceiling.  Students utilized a variety of mediums to create the artwork, and students from 5th to 8th grade were represented in an array of projects.  There was so much art, it spilled out into the hallways, with tables full of ceramics and display boards with progressions that started with pencil sketches and ended with finished products.

Art teacher Alan Adams’ classroom is covered in vibrant works of student art.

In the STEM Fabrication Lab, parents and students discussed the many projects on display.  Students proudly pointed out some of the tools they used to create the projects, including 3D printers and trays of robotics parts.  Some of the projects were creating solutions to real-life challenges, like designing mechanical toys for children with cerebral palsy or developing sample orthoses (braces or splints to stabilize an injured extremity).

The Black Box Theater hosted musical performances throughout the evening.  From the hallway, you could hear the music of the vocal and instrumental solos.  Attendees enjoyed the intimate theater setting, where they could be close to the performers.

And in the Commons, a wide range of seventh grade science projects were on display.  The seventh-grade life science classes focused on problem solving for specific ecosystems.  Ideas ranged from a trash collector for the Wildlife Refuge to prevent the spread of toxic chemicals to a water collector and purifier for the Amazon Rainforest.

Students at Sunset Ridge and View Ridge are using STEAM to design creative solutions to all types of challenges.  These practical applications of science, technology, engineering, art, and math help them understand how they will use STEAM not just for class projects, but for a lifetime.

 

Seventh grader Xander Bredemeyer designed a trash remover to keep toxic chemicals from getting to               endangered animals at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Students designed mechanical toys that could be used by children with cerebral palsy.

 

 

Scholarships Awarded to Ridgefield High School’s 2019 Grads Top $7.5M

This year, a total of $7,536,067 in scholarships was awarded to college-bound graduates in Ridgefield High School’s Class of 2019 according to the school’s High School & Beyond Program, which keeps records of scholarship awards reported by RHS seniors.

While the majority of the scholarships came from the colleges and universities that the graduates plan to attend, $50,200 of the total came from local Ridgefield organizations whose generous support continues to provide scholarship opportunities each year to Ridgefield High School’s graduating seniors.

Said Amy McKenna, coordinator for the school’s High School & Beyond Program, “We are fortunate to have such an amazing community that supports our students in pursuing their future endeavors.”

 

Ridgefield’s First National Merit Scholar Finalist in Seventeen Years

Until now, Ridgefield High School only had six National Merit Finalists in its entire history.  And this year, Ian Abrams became the seventh.

The last time Ridgefield had a National Merit Scholar, George W. Bush was president and the Oscar for Best Picture went to A Beautiful Mind.  It has been so long because the achievement is so challenging.

This year, about 1.6 million students took the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).  Semifinalists are the highest-scoring students in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state’s senior students.  And of that number, only the highest achieving students are selected as National Merit Scholars.  Finalists have to submit applications that list academic record, extracurricular achievements, awards, and leadership positions to be admitted to the elite group.

Ian Abrams is one of only seven National Merit Scholar finalists in Ridgefield High School’s history.

When Abrams became a semifinalist, the notification was lost in the mail.  He found out he was a semifinalist by reading it in the newspaper.  But when he became a finalist, he actually received the letter.  “I came home and my mom had the letter.  She said, ‘Well, I might have read it through the envelope,’” Abrams laughed.  “She was pretty excited.”

Abrams had a busy senior year.  He was president of the Associated Student Body (ASB), captain of the cross country team, a team member in Knowledge Bowl, and leader of the Peer Tutoring Program through the National Honor Society.  This fall, he is leaving high school behind and heading to Brigham Young University.  He plans to study biochemistry and hopes one day to help contribute toward finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Abrams credits his parents for helping him strive for success.  “My parents have taught me to work hard.  And as I’m doing everything, I’m looking toward the future, how this education will help me to serve people better.”

The Reflector newspaper wrote a profile on Abrams.  The article is available online at https://bit.ly/2IqxJAj.

Union Ridge Elementary Puts On Annual Culture Parade

The city of Ridgefield is well known for its old-fashioned Fourth of July parade.  But a smaller annual parade is making its mark on Ridgefield too:  the Union Ridge Elementary School Culture Parade.

The sixth annual Culture Parade went through downtown Ridgefield, showing the community what the classes studied during the school year.  Each grade highlighted a different facet of world culture.

The parade was led by the school’s assistant principal, Brian Heim, and Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose.  The first students in the parade were kindergarteners, who reflected their personal family history and culture with timelines of their lives.

First graders studied the cultures of individual countries.  They wore paper vests decorated with country flags and interesting facts.  Many of the students’ families had personal connections to the countries they chose.

Next were the second graders, who studied the cultural influence of historical figures.  Each student carried a posterboard with a drawing and biographical facts about the person they studied.  The posterboard made a costume of the historic figure, with the student’s face showing thorough a cutout.

The third-grade classes studied the culture of different regions of the United States.  Each regional group marched together, some of them shouting slogans—like ”West is best!”—and handing out postcards to promote their region.  Students carried posters and dressed to reflect the culture of the region they studied.

To close the parade, the fourth graders brought their study of the culture of the state of Washington.  On each block, the students waited for the music to start before performing Washington’s state dance, the square dance.  Dressed in western wear, they brought a lively close to the parade.

Many people lined the streets to cheer for the students.  But one set of parade watchers got a lot of attention:  the firefighters standing by the fire truck parked near City Hall.  As the students passed the fire truck, their eyes widened.  One kindergartener got brave and asked a firefighter, “Why are you here?”

The firefighter answered, “We’re here because you’re here, buddy!  We’re here to support you!”  The firefighters applauded and high-fived the students as they walked past.  And the students beamed, enjoying the support of the community for their culture parade.

Third grader Leela Weeks dressed as the Statue of Liberty for the Culture Parade.

 

First graders display country flags and facts on their paper vests.

 

A firefighter high-fives students as they walk the parade route.